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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 15/2014
Posted by: newsla on May 12, 2014 - 06:11 AM
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Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 15/2014

Flying start: Audi Sport Italia wins both races at the opening round of the Italian GT Championship with the Audi R8 LMS ultra. The Audi Family Day 2014 was a complete success. Timo Scheider enjoyed a spectacular appearance at the ZDF Fernsehgarten in Mainz.


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Twin wins in Italy

Audi Sport Italia starts season in perfect style: Audi Sport Italia celebrated double wins at the opening round of the Italian GT Championship season. The first race was won convincingly by Dindo Capello and Emanuele Zonzini in an Audi R8 LMS ultra. In the second race, their team mates Marco Mapelli and Thomas Schöffler held the upper hand in the sister car. In overall classification Mapelli/Schöffler take the lead over Capello/Zonzini.

Impressive outing at Zandvoort

Twin double podium in spite of adverse weather conditions: the Audi R8 LMS ultra monopolized the winners’ podium during the second ADAC GT Masters race weekend at Zandvoort. In the first race, Christer Jöns/Markus Winkelhock from Audi customer team Prosperia C. Abt Racing clinched second place. Their team mates René Rast and Kelvin van der Linde Rang finished close behind in third place. In the third Audi R8 LMS ultra from Prosperia C. Abt Racing, Fabian Hamprecht and Nicki Thiim finished in a good fifth place. Rast/van der Linde finished the second race on Sunday in second place and, in doing so, celebrated their fourth podium finish in as many races this season. Hamprecht/Thiim Position finished behind in third place. Jöns/Winkelhock completed the outstanding team performance in fourth place.

Podium place for Audi customer team WRT

At the second round of the Belgian GT Championship, the Audi customer team celebrated a podium finish. In the ‘Trophée de Bourgogne’ in Dijon, France, Harry Teneketzian and Maxime Jousse clinched second place in an Audi R8 LMS ultra fielded by W Racing Team. After 121 laps and more than three hours of racing, the French duo were only 1.267 seconds behind the winners.

Second place for Haase/Miller at Laguna Seca

Christopher Haase and Bryce Miller finished second in the GT Daytona class of Tudor United SportsCar Championship in Laguna Seca. In Round 3, the first sprint of the year, the Paul Miller Racing duo (Audi R8 LMS) missed the victory by only 0.17 seconds. Nelson Canache jr./Spencer Pumpelly had led the race for a long time before Pumpelly run out of fuel in the last lap and was eventually classified on sixth position. Seth Neiman/Dion von Moltke finished fifth.

A lot of recognition for Audi Sport at Family Day

The Audi motorsport squad thrilled employees and their family members at the traditional Family Day of the company’s Technical Development in Ingolstadt. The nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, the two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström, the five-time Macau winner Edoardo Mortara and their driver colleagues Lucas di Grassi, Jamie Green and Nico Müller had traveled to the brand’s headquarters. In direct conversations, autograph sessions and on-stage interviews, they fostered contacts with the workforce without which the manufacturer’s sporting success would be unthinkable. Last year’s two championship-winning cars, the Audi RS 5 DTM and the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, an Audi R8 LMS ultra plus the cutaway model of the LMP race car demonstrated the technical expertise of the brand in racing. Last but not least, pit stop simulations and doughnuts done by Mattias Ekström in the RS 5 DTM resulted in resounding applause.

Timo Scheider guest at ZDF Fernsehgarten

No free weekend for Timo Scheider: between the season opener at Hockenheim last weekend and the second DTM race of the season at Oschersleben (16-18 May), the Audi factory driver also climbed in the cockpit this weekend. The double DTM Champion appeared at the ZDF Fernsehgarten in Mainz with the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM Race Taxi, and gave the musician and actor Lars Dietrich a small taste of his abilities during a rapid ride around the Fernsehgarten grounds.

A word from ... Lucas di Grassi

After suffering disappointment in the season opener at Silverstone, you celebrated a nice success in second place at Spa.
I’ve got to thank the engineers and mechanics who assembled and prepared the car for us from scratch within a week. Our part was to put it all on track in a very compact two-day race. After qualifying in changeable weather I experienced what has been my best race with Audi so far. It was perfect and we three drivers were running superbly. We didn’t lose a tenth of a second and extracted the best from the weekend, the car, the team and the pit stops. But everybody in the team knows that our competitors are very strong this year. At Spa, we managed to overtake some cars because we changed the tires only at every second stop.

This year, new regulations are in effect that limit consumption. What are your initial experiences?
As drivers, we’ve got to use a different driving style. We’ve got to drive fast as well as in an energy-efficient way. We spent a lot of time on improving our driving technique and to adapt it to the requirements imposed by the regulations. As a team, we found very efficient solutions. Plus: it makes sense to be energy-efficient. Our car consumes 30 percent less while achieving a similar lap time. That’s positive for the sport and makes additional demands on our driving skills.

The WEC race at Spa attracted a turnout of 46,000 fans. How did you experience this?
The event at Spa was tremendous and we had a fantastic day with a large number of fans. The track conditions were good, there were no yellow periods. It was a nice race with a strong battle. We saved our second place with an advantage of less than eight seconds. That should have pleased the fans. And we enjoy watching the WEC grow.

Coming up next week

17/05 Yeongam (ROK), round 1, Audi R8 LMS Cup
17/05 Nürburgring (D), round 4, Endurance Championship
18/05 Yeongam (ROK), round 1, GT Asia
18/05 Oschersleben (D), round 2, DTM
18/05 Brands Hatch (GB), round 2, Blancpain Sprint Series
18/05 Imola (I), round 2, ELMS
18/05 Sandown (AUS), round 2, Victorian State Circuit Racing Championships

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